European Film Market

10 Ways to Spend your Free Time at EFM

Berlin is a melting pot of culture, history, and modernity. With its rich heritage and dynamic present, the city offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. With temperatures ranging from 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in February, it may be chilly, but there is still plenty to see and do.

Whether you’re coming for just a section of the market, or have given yourself extra time in Berlin to explore, here are 10 destinations that are easy enough to see and do that they can be squeezed into a packed EFM visit!

1. Visit the Brandenburg Gate

The iconic landmark of Berlin and symbol of German unity is a must-visit destination.

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2. Take a walk through Museum Island

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this island is home to five world-class museums, including the Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum, and Pergamon Museum.

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3. Explore the East Side Gallery

The longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall has been transformed into an open-air gallery featuring colorful murals and graffiti art.

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4. Stroll around Mauerpark

Mauerpark is a public park in Berlin, Germany, known for its Sunday Flea Market where visitors can browse through an array of vintage and second-hand goods or participate in open-air karaoke. Don’t let the cold weather keep you away, the flea market is a year-round affair, so bundle up and enjoy!

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5. Check out the Berlin Wall Memorial

A poignant reminder of the city’s Cold War history, this memorial offers an interactive exhibit on the division of Berlin and the fall of the Wall.

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6. Take a stroll through the Tiergarten

Berlin’s largest park is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, offering a chance to escape the hustle and bustle.

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7. Explore Prenzlauer Berg

This trendy neighborhood is known for its historic architecture, alternative scene, and laid-back vibe.

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8 Check out Die Mauer

This installation exhibit at Asisi Panorama offers a panoramic glimpse into life in Berlin in the 1980’s. The best part? It’s just a stone’s throw from the Gropius Bau and tickets are only €11, but they sell out so we recommend booking your ticket now!


9. Try the local cuisine

Berlin is known for its hearty, comfort food. Try some traditional dishes such as currywurst, schnitzel, and käsespätzle.

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10. Visit the Reichstag

The Reichstag Building is a historic landmark located in Berlin, Germany, and is the home of the German parliament. The building, which was originally constructed in 1894, has a rich history, including being set on fire in 1933 and serving as a symbol of German reunification after its reconstruction in the 1990s. Today, visitors can take a guided tour of the building to learn about its history and admire its stunning architecture. The highlight of a visit to the Reichstag Building is the chance to ascend to the dome, which offers panoramic views of Berlin. The dome, designed by architect Norman Foster, is a modern addition to the building and serves as a symbol of transparency and democracy. The Reichstag Building is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in German history and architecture. This is another one that gets booked up in advance, so schedule a visit now if you’re hoping to see it. 

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Berlin is a vibrant city that never fails to impress. With its rich history, exciting cultural scene, and diverse range of activities, there is no shortage of activities to fill up your free time. You may be in town for business, but in a city as exciting as Berlin, it would be a crime not to dedicate at least some of your time here to exploring.

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